The Boar’s Head

4.2
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178 reviews
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£25 and under
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English
Historical Coaching Inn with Traditional bar, cosy snug and a larger formal dining room; each with its own character.
We serve a wide selection of dishes from formal dining to pub classics, using as much produce from the nearby Ripley Castle Estate & Gardens as possible. Our chefs are constantly inspired to create special dishes to take advantage of the 2000 acre Estate and extensive Walled gardens produce.
We serve a selection of popular local real ales and have guest beers on a regular basis including some rare gems, so there is always a reason to pop into the bar.
There is a well structured and varied wine list suitable for all levels of wine drinker from affordable afternoon drinking through to more powerful and exquisite wines, which can be matched to our dishes to create a full dining experience.
We cater for any number of guests from couples to larger parties and families and we have recently received 'Best Hotel for dogs in the UK'.
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YD
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent but a bit expensive for what you got. Service was ok but haphazard , too many different people attending to us. Some people may like that but we prefer one person who actually know what you want .
I would go again .

BB
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On business. A lovely stay in great location near Ripley Castle. The Castle ground are worth a walk.
Room delightful clean and comfy. The food was exceptional.
Highly recommended

HS
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Read a couple of reviews that were not good but all I could say is those people who wrote them must be very hard to please. Although it didn’t seem busy there was continual tick over of customers.
The food was excellent and piping hot (I had worked in the hotel industry for many years) presentation was excellent and service very good nothing was too much trouble for the staff - would definitely recommend

J
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and helpful staff. Slightly spoiled ths time by group of overloud young men who arriveed as we ordered dessert, making it impossible to carry ona conversation. However, staff happy for us to move to a quieter room for dessert and coffee.

CC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was awful and the £12.85 we were charged for a single glass of wine was appalling.

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Christmas get together with old friends after a walk around Fountains Abbey so a perfect location. Friendly atmosphere and service and really nice food - steak pie in particular for me but others in our party all raves about their selections too. Presentation was great with each plate of the three courses we had getting comments from all.

S
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant place to eat, staff are friendly and professional, making you feel welcome and at home, food is of good quality. I would definitely eat here again

AL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I thought things had slipped since my last visit for Sunday lunch. All the staff seemed overwhelmed and stressed . The beef was tough; the vegetables barely room temperature . Disappointing

GY
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went on a Sunday for lunch. It was very busy, so the service was a little slow and the food a little cold. The beef was great but the meal was just a bit sad. I think it could be good!

DE
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Room very clean and good facilities. Booked evening meal and expected to be in the dining room but was put in the bar which was disappointing and noisy. Food good and breakfast excellent. Would stay again.

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

You can dine more formally in the main dining room or more informally in the bar area. Staff are very good. Food is very good too.

M
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We booked for lunch on Saturday 23rd November. We were expected and shown to a table in the dining room. We ordered our food and meanwhile drank a glass of wine. Despite several enquiries, after 55 minutes our patience had expired. The waitress went to the kitchen and returned to say there had been a mix up and our food had been delivered to the wrong table and would now be a further 10 minutes. Over an hour is just too long to wait so we left. Compounding our disappointment, the website through which we booked e mailed to say we hadn't turned up. What a catalogue of maladministration. We probably will not return to the Boars Head!

SL
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was nice and quick to arrive. Unfortunately my wife's fish was not cooked in the middle and had to be sent back. They were quick to replace it and very apologetic. The rest of the meal was fine and my liver and mash was tasty and well cooked.

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Always like the Boars Head, food was warm when served, but they did rectify that quickly

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

When we booked we didn’t have choice of table. Initially we were satisfied- we were in the bar - busy but ok. But then dogs arrived- a lot of them with different folk. We later found we could have eaten in dog free restaurant It was only criticism

LD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lazy Sunday deal - Sunday lunch plus bed and breakfast for 2 including a bottle of wine at lunchtime £100.
Great place. Good food. Lovely area with Riply Castle about 100 yards away from the Boar's Head.
Fantastic value.

LN
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good value and staff were on the ball

MD
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and value for money. Though would have preferred being in the dining room rather than the bar.

AE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant welcome from staff. Service not rushed, nothing too much trouble. Food quality excellent and good value for money. Very enjoyable will recommend

JD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely village, lovely traditional restaurant and dining room, lovely roast beef dinner!

JS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Booked a table for Sunday lunch as a birthday treat and expected to be seated in the restaurant, but we were seated at a small table for four in the bar area, which was full of people ordering drinks to take outside and dogs. The starters were very good, but the roast beef dinner was very bland and basic, asked for horseradish and was given one sachet for the three that had the beef. Also had to ask for steak knives as the beef was not as tender as it should have been, as farmers we know what is good and what is sub standard. I expected a better experience at a hotel that is in a lovely village.

S
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food great pub, friendly and helpful staff.

HW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great table for six. They provided a requested round table. Food, ambience and overall atmosphere was great. We will definitely be back!

j
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I have dined here before and the service has better. On this occasion, the food was ok (I could not taste the fish in the fish pie - only the sauce. Another in our party found the halloumi burger disappointing & difficult to eat but our two children enjoyed the fish and chips). The restaurant filled quickly up and it became difficult to attract the attention of the service team to order more drinks or a dessert, so we opted to pay and head across the road for |an ice cream instead. I like this place but find it hit and miss.

JO
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate in the dining room on a mid week evening so was a bit on the quiet side and lacked a bit of ambience. However the polite friendly staff more than made up for this and the food was excellent. Liver not over cooked and well presented on a hot plate and the bacon chop equally pleasing. Nicely chilled Chardonnay and a glass of Merlot good accompaniments at reasonable price.

JL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the whole experience, staff were great, nothing was too much trouble and the food was superb

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely 5 night break celebrating our Ruby 40th wedding anniversary..We didn’t know the village of Ripley existed until we booked the Boar’s head for our break ,it was so peaceful and quiet .We had a superb meal on our first night ,food fantastic staff and service first class ,we finished the night with a little tipple ,one of the best gin and tonics I’ve ever had and even better it was distilled on site Harrogate Tipple ,my new go to gin .We stayed in one if the coachmen rooms and it was fantastic ,the room service staff absolutely spoiled us by keeping the room first impression perfect every time we came back to our room . Will definitely come back to this gem of a hotel positioned in the perfect village of Ripley.

KN
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. We were there celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary. Everyone was so friendly, the atmosphere and the food were perfect. A very thoughtful touch was a 'Happy Anniversary' message on our desert plates. We shall return!!

l
Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to the Boar's Head frequently, at least once a week, and absolutely love it. The staff are great (especially George!) and the food is superb. It's also extremely good value for us as we have a 20% off, discount card. The rooms are lovely too. As we only live less than ten miles away, we don't stay often, but we have stayed there for special occasions. All in all it can't be faulted.

NE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good menu and well cooked and presentedo. Would highly recommend

AW
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a very pleasant birthday meal at the Boar’s Head . The menu was very varied and although the meat was outstanding in quality the lack of vegetables spoilt the overall effect.

MA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service nothing too much trouble food great invited friends down to meet us and they were also impressed. We were on holiday so had not been here before but could not fault it

CL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed the fish pie as before but the rose wine was disappointing and over-priced.

MH
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my third visit to the Boars Head and it never let's us down. Food was excellent and good value for money. I had sea bass which was to die for. Staff attentive and pleasant. Room was clean with a gorgeous comfy bed. Breakfast had a great choice.

m
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Menu did not offer any fresh vegetables as a side. Queried with waiter who advised this was because the kitchen was too busy !!! Also calves liver was a very cheap cut and very fatty. Very disappointing overall

TP
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent choice of cheeses and vintage port. No whitebait the night we were there, but that at least means the fish is delivered fresh.

D
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Superb service from the team. Incredibly warm and friendly. Big portions of food particularly the starters. Think about sharing! Will definitely return

r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Service and food was of a reasonable standard, but the noise level from kids and adults meant is was not an enjoyable experience.

MC
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returning customers, food was the usual very high standard and great value for money, staff were lovely and friendly as always. We had our dog with us and they made a great fuss of him and provided complimentary dog biscuits and a bowl of water, which we really appreciated, and Billy loved! Would definitely recommend and hope to return in the future.

DM
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious kedgeree fish cake. Excellent service. A good experience.